• Adam Garrett

Best Uses of Hyatt Category 1-4 Certificates for Those Based Out of SE VA using Globalist Status

In this post, I wanted to go over some of the best ways to use category 1-4 Hyatt certificates, particularly for those wishing to only stay 1 or 2 nights who are traveling from SE VA.


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Globalist Status Benefits

For anyone with Globalist status, & for those using someone else's Globalist status for a Guest of Honor certificate booking, it's best to know the benefits of status so that you can maximize your value.


Here is a picture with the benefits of Globalist status on the right:


Image courtesy https://world.hyatt.com/content/gp/en/tiers-and-benefits.html#charts


Club lounge perks: Most locations that have a club lounge (primarily Hyatt Grands & some Hyatt Regencies) will provide free access to it if it’s open during the stay. It's best to reach out to the hotel to confirm that if it has a club lounge, it will be open for the duration of your stay, and ask what type of food will be available (i.e. morning breakfast, evening d'oeuvres, & dessert). For instance, with the Grand Hyatt in DC, I’ve confirmed directly with the hotel that this one is open and that the standard “continental breakfast, evening hors d’oeuvres, and all-day refreshments” are available during stays, including on weekends. If the lounge is available, I recommend going there (not the restaurant) for free breakfast and other meals/snacks, with the lightest options typically at lunch, best options at breakfast, & 2nd best at dinner, typically with limited hours. While the evening options are typically called evening hors d'oeuvres, whether or not they can replace dinner depends in large part on the hotel. At Hyatts, it’s not typical for what’s served at lunch to be a meal replacement, & typically doesn’t include hot items, but it does vary by the hotel & I haven’t been to the Grand Hyatt Washington before.


Breakfast perk: When not staying at a location with a club lounge, at many Hyatt hotels that don't typically offer breakfast, guests "will receive daily complimentary full breakfast (which includes one entrée or standard breakfast buffet, juice, and coffee, as well as tax, gratuity and service charges) for each registered guest in the room, up to a maximum of two (2) adults and two (2) children."


Upgrade status perk: If space is available at check in at certain Hyatt brands (i.e. Regency & Grand), you would have the option to get upgraded up to a standard suite. It's not a bad idea to check a hotel in advance of a stay online to see if paid standard suites are available. If so, it's not a bad idea to call the hotel to see what percent of suites are booked. Keep in mind that according to the terms, "Not valid at Caption by Hyatt, Hyatt Place, Hyatt House, Destination by Hyatt Residences, or Vacation Ownership Property hotels and resorts."


If a hotel has any parking fees paid directly to the hotel ($62/night typically at Grand Hyatt Washington), destination fees ($20/night at Grand Hyatt Washington), or resort fees, those shouldn’t be needed due to Globalist status.


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